Vaccination COVID-19 Latest Information
COVID-19 vaccination programme.
Update April 15th 2021.
We are currently inviting patients for their second doses of AstraZeneca.
If you had your first dose given at Clay Farm we will contact you, please do not contact us as we are very busy and cannot respond to queries about vaccine invitations. The vaccine invitation system is robust and you will not be missed.
If however you are aged over 50 and have not yet had your FIRST dose of vaccine please DO contact us to arrange this.
We continue to follow all Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency ( MHRA) and Joint Committee for Vaccine guidance and Immunisations (JCVI) regarding the use of vaccines. Following the latest advice (8th April) from these agencies people age under 30 will be offered an alternative vaccine to Astrazeneca. Please read the following information about use of Astrazeneca vaccines which can answer questions you may have.
We cannot offer an alternative vaccine to anyone other than those specified in these guidelines. Please do not contact the surgery to ask for an alternative vaccine unless you fit into one of the categories outlined in these documents.
Our normal primary care service is being impaired by telephone calls and messages regarding vaccines and we please ask that you use our service thoughtfully and consider whether you can find the answer to your questions elsewhere.
You will need to speak to a doctor if you have a history of a thrombosis (blood clot) AT THE SAME TIME as having thrombocytopenia ( low platelet count) but these conditions separately DO NOT constitute a contraindication to vaccination.
You will need to speak to a doctor if you have had a low platelet count associated with the use of heparin. This is a very rare condition and if you have previously been diagnosed with this you will have been told this.
If you are under 30 and have already received your first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine without experiencing any serious side effects, you should complete the course and have your second dose of the AZ vaccine when you are invited to do so. Having both doses of the vaccine will offer you the best protection against COVID-19.
It's important to remember that the MHRA and the JCVI have confirmed the benefits of the AZ vaccination outweigh any risk of the rare blood clotting problem for people over the age of 30. If you or someone you know is over 30 and has been invited to have the AZ vaccine, please accept the invitation. Getting the vaccination is your best protection against COVID-19, and the vaccines have already helped us save thousands of lives in 2021.
Useful Informatin as Links Documents
Risks & Harms document form Cambridge University Winton Centre (click here pdf)
Podcast from The Guardian - Covid-19: what’s going on with the AstraZeneca vaccine? (click the play symbol on the web page)